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Fire breaks out aboard Royal Caribbean cruise ship

BALTIMORE — A fire that broke out aboard a Royal Caribbean ship Monday did enough damage that the rest of the cruise was canceled and the company said the more than 2,200 passengers will be flown from the Bahamas back to Baltimore where the trip began.

The fire that began at 2:50 a.m. Monday was extinguished about two hours later with no injuries reported. A cause wasn't immediately known. The Grandeur of the Seas, which left Baltimore on Friday, never lost power and sailed into port in Freeport, Bahamas, Monday afternoon. A seven-night cruise had been planned.

Royal Caribbean said on its website and through social media that executives met with passengers in port and that the cruise line is arranging flights for all 2,224 guests today. It said passengers will receive a full refund of their fare and a certificate for a future cruise.

Carnival Corp. also had trouble with fire aboard ship this year. The 900-foot Triumph was disabled during a February cruise by an engine room fire in the Gulf of Mexico, leaving thousands of passengers to endure cold food, unsanitary conditions and power outages.

Aboard the Grandeur of the Seas, early Monday the captain announced that passengers needed to go to their muster stations. Mark Ormesher, a native of England, who lives in Manassas, Va., said he and his girlfriend smelled acrid smoke as they went to their muster station, the ship's casino. The crew provided instruction. "This encouraged calm amongst the passengers," he said in an e-mail.

Royal Caribbean said all guests and 796 crew were safe.

Fire breaks out aboard Royal Caribbean cruise ship 05/27/13 [Last modified: Monday, May 27, 2013 11:58pm]
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